Several years ago I attended the Newtown festival on an incrediblly hot day and was blown away by a stall selling 100% pure fruit ice blocks. I immediately went home to experiment with my own version. After a little trial and error I realised that the secret to making a good ice block was to create a mixture that doesn’t ‘separate’ as freshly juiced fruit is prone to do. The trick I came up with was to puree the fruit to mix with vegetable juice. This ‘fluffs’ up the mixture and creates lovely even ice blocks. With the warmer weather upon us, I thought I’d share my simple instructions for homemade ice blocks. These are pure wholesome goodness and the kids love them. The only drawback is the amount of equipment you need in comparison to your available bench space, but it’s well worth the time and mess to stock your freezer for summer.
Ice Block Moulds (these are a few dollars in K-mart or discount variety stores)
1/4 cup of water
1) Peel and chop apples.
2) Steam apple pieces on stove-top until soft (approx 15 minutes)
3) Place apple pieces in a food processor and blitz until thick and smooth. Set aside.
4) Juice carrots.
5) Combine pureed apple with carrot juice. Add water to dilute a little.
6) Pour into ice block moulds and freeze.
Makes approx 6-8 ice blocks depending on the size of your moulds.